London’s top spots for a pint this St Patrick’s Day

What better place in the world is there to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than London? Well, other than the Emerald Isle of course! The British capital is filled with authentic Irish pubs flowing with Guinness and whiskey, and alive with toe-tapping traditional music and dancing. As a hotel near to Soho, Covent Garden and other lively central London locales, we at Strand Palace love celebrating Paddy’s Day properly. Here are three of our favourite pubs where the craic is always guaranteed on March 17th!


The Tipperary

For the most authentic Irish merriment this side of the Irish Sea, head to London’s oldest Irish pub. Just 10 minutes from Strand Palace Hotel, this small but lively bar is a favourite of Irish expats, Londoners and tourists alike. First opened in 1605, it may have been the first pub outside of Ireland to serve Guinness on draught. As well as pints of the black stuff, the Tipperary will be serving another Irish favourite this St Patrick’s Day — oysters and champagne. There will also be live music and plenty of cheer to go around.


The Porterhouse

Just around the corner from Strand Palace Hotel is one of London’s largest Irish bars, the Porterhouse. This chain, which began in Ireland and now has bars across the Emerald Isle, as well as one here in Covent Garden and one in New York, is about as authentically Irish as you can get. The company brews its own stout back in Dublin and then ships it to London. You can enjoy a beer with some traditional Irish food, including Dublin coddle, traditional bacon and cabbage and, of course, Irish stew. This St Patrick’s Day, there will be exhilarating live Irish music and plenty of banter to go around at the Porterhouse.


The Toucan

If all you are after is Guinness a-flowing, then there is no better place to enjoy it than the Toucan in Soho, a 15-minute walk from Strand Palace Hotel. This Irish pub boasts multiple taps of draught Guinness, walls covered in posters that celebrate the black stuff and even some eyebrow-raising Guinness cocktails. If whiskey is more your style, this little pub also has a spectacularly large and impressive collection of rare Irish whiskeys adorning its shelves. As well as that, it is one of the only places outside of Ireland to offer Magners cider on tap. There will of course be live trad music and the bar is even giving away free Irish stew and oysters this St Patrick’s Day, while they last.

London has very strong ties to Ireland and the locals and Irish expats know how to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style. If you’re looking for a four star hotel near Covent Garden, Soho and other popular districts in the heart of London, Strand Palace Hotel is the perfect place to base yourself, offering easy access to the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

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